Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

Senior Feet and Podiatrists

Many elderly people visit a podiatrist for proper foot care. It is essential to have toenails properly trimmed, and the feet need to be inspected for minor cuts and bruises. There are foot conditions that can possibly be prevented by maintaining regular foot care. When the feet are washed and dried daily, athlete’s foot may be avoided, which can cause the feet to feel uncomfortable. Bunions can be a painful foot condition, and may be prevented when shoes that are worn have ample room for the toes to move freely in. Poor circulation is a common ailment among senior patients, and numbness and a tingling sensation often accompany this. If you would like additional information on what specific care is needed for elderly feet, please contact a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in McAllen, and Weslaco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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